Role of the Texas Division of Emergency Management District Coordinators
24 DPS Disaster Districts
District coordinators are highly trained professionals with a variety of knowledge and experience in emergency management preparedness, recovery, mitigation and response. Within the Texas Department of Public Safety-Division of Emergency Management, 30 district coordinators, stationed across the state in various locations called disaster districts, serve local jurisdictions and assist disaster district chairs.
District coordinators are responsible for emergency management functions within defined geographical districts that correspond to the Texas Councils of Governments and Texas Highway Patrol districts. District coordinators provide advanced knowledge and are primarily responsible for assisting the disaster district chairs and local jurisdictions when responding to manmade or natural disasters, reducing vulnerability, loss of life, property damage while protecting the environment during natural, technological, or security incidents or catastrophes.
As initial Texas Division of Emergency Management responders to emergencies, district coordinators may deploy anywhere in Texas to assess damage, identify needs and provide advice to local jurisdictions. District coordinators also assists disaster district chairs and regional state coordinators in conducting emergency operations and management of state resources deployed during an incident.
District coordinators provide initial reports, updates and status reports to the State Operations Center and state incident management team. District coordinators may serve as a member of a state-federal joint field office and coordinate or provide direction on specific recovery projects after the initial disaster response. District coordinators serve as integral members of disaster recovery teams whose mission is to facilitate restoration of public and private property affected by disasters. During disasters, district coordinators use their skills and training to perform any number of liaison duties within the incident management structure, while providing subject matter expertise to incident commanders, operations section chiefs, task force commanders as well as local elected officials.
Functioning in a preparedness role, district coordinators assist local officials with emergency planning, training and exercises. They can assist local governments in completing and maintaining local and inter-jurisdictional emergency management plans and annexes as well as participate in the development of regional emergency management plans. District coordinators also provide a wide variety of emergency management training courses.
Through their commitment to the citizens of Texas, district coordinators maintain a high level of training and certification in a variety of diverse disciplines related to emergency management through state and federal agencies including:
District coordinators are committed to maintaining strong working relationships with local and state agencies and remaining actively involved in local and statewide emergency management initiatives.